Five Senses Activities
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- Make 5 charts with See, Hear, Smell, Taste, Touch on them. Ask students to
find magazine pictures and paste on the appropriate charts.
- Make group booklets.
We Hear Sounds
Our Favorite Smells
We Can See
For the first four booklets, ask students to find pictures that make sounds,
tastes good, smells good, and can be seen. For the fifth booklet, let them bring
in materials for book--examples: sandpaper, cloth, tree bark, grass, etc.
- Hearing- Bring in a basket of objects that make sound. Show each item and
make it sound. Have students close their eyes, choose object and make the sound.
Let students come up and pick up the object that made the sound.
- Hearing- Rhythm Band
Have the children make band instruments. To make a guitar, stretch four or five
rubber bands of different widths across a shoe box. When they pluck the strings,
each one will have a different pitch. To make a drum, have children cut the open
end off a balloon and stretch the rest of the balloon over the top of a jar or cup. Use
pencil erasers as drumsticks. To make maracas, have students put a handful of
rice or beans into a paper cup, invert another cup and tape the two cups together. Shake the
maracas to play them.
- Seeing- Discuss the way things can be described--color, size, etc. Then play
- Seeing- Making Crayons
Give each small group two paper cups and a bowl with enough ingredients inside to make
two crayons: 7/8 cup of soap flakes and 1/8 cup of water. Mix the soap flakes and water
in the bowls and take turns stirring until there are no lumps. Tell students they are
going to see if they can put colors together to make other colors. Add food coloring to their
mixtures: 1/4 teaspoon each of two primary colors to make a secondary color. Spray
nonstick cooking spray on to muffin tins, and let each group help press their mixture into
two of the muffin cups. Leave the crayons in the tins to harden for a couple days. Students
can use these crayons to color on windows because the color will wash off easily!
- Smelling- Soak two cottonballs in each of the following substances. Place one cottonball
in each of two small babyfood jars. Put blindfold on child. Take off the lid of one jar
at a time. Match the two jars that smell the same.
- Smelling- Using oranges, lemons and limes, make pomanders for Moms. Have each student
make two crossing circles of masking tape around his fruit. Stick cloves firmly into the rind,
following the outline made by the tape and filling in each quarter of the fruit.
The cloves should not touch each other. Remove the tape and roll the pomander in ground
cinnamon. Wrap each pomander in tissue paper and let it dry for about four weeks. When they are
dry, put ribbons aournd them. They make great gifts!
- Tasting- Discuss the taste buds on your tongues and the what kinds of tastes that
you can detect (salty, bitter, sweet, sour). Share things to eat that have each of
these tastes. Examples: salty- pretzel, salt; bitter- unsweetened chocolate;
sweet- candy, sugar; sour- dill pickle, lemon slice.
- Tasting Game- Go around the circle. The first time around, get each student to
name one food he really likes and describe how it tastes. The second time around, let
each student name a food he dislikes and why.
- Touching- Place a familiar object in a bag. Select a student to reach into the bag
and try to guess what he feels using only the sense of touch.
- Make "Feely" pictures- Have the students select pieces of fabric, sandpaper, cardboard,
yarn, etc. Paste them onto construction paper to create a design.
- Jiggly Squares-
4 pkgs. (3 oz. each) flavored Jello
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. unflavored gelatin
Pour the Jello into a large bowl and add package of unflavored gelatin. Add boiling water.
Stir until mixture is completely dissolved. Pour into a pan and chill in refrigerator
at least 4 hours. Cut into squares, or use cookie cutters to make shapes.
Give each student a jiggly square and ask them to smell, then taste their square. After
eating them, allow students to write about their smelling and tasting experience.
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